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What is Huel?

Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food ​that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at least 100% of the European Union's "Daily Recommended Amounts" of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals​. Read more about Huel.

What are Huel bars?

The Huel Bar is our latest nutritionally complete product. The bars have been formulated by the same Registered Nutritionist who brought you Huel, so you can be confident you're consuming quality nutrition. Whether you're on the go, in a rush, having a meal or fancy a snack; Huel Bars are a convenient and tasty complement to Huel Powder.

Why is it called Huel?

Huel is Human Fuel. See what we did there?

How do I consume Huel?

Huel is supplied as a micro fine powder, so can be used in various ways. For speed and convenience, simply add Huel to water and blend or shake well in a shaker.

Read our full how-to-use guide here.

You can also use Huel like a flour to make cakes, cookies, etc. Find out more here.

Where is Huel manufactured?

Huel is blended and packaged in the UK, at our state-of-the-art facility in Devon. Here it is produced in accordance with the UK’s rigorous food production regulations. They are an ISO9001:2008 certified manufacturer.

What does Huel taste like? Can I add flavour?

Huel prioritises nutrition over flavour. The more popular Vanilla Huel has as a wholesome and fresh ‘oaty’ taste with a hint of vanilla.

The Unflavoured & Unsweetened Huel has an earthier neutral taste.

If you do want to add some flavour, it’s very easy to do. Here are a few ideas:

  • Huel Flavour Systems - Huel has developed a range of flavours - Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana, Toffee, Mocha, Matcha Tea, Cacao, Rhubarb and Custard, Pineapple and Coconut. These are designed to work with both Vanilla and Unflavoured Huel. These flavour pouches use natural flavours and a natural sweetener (Stevia). Buy them now.
  • Coffee - Either instant if you’re in a hurry, or brewed if you've a little bit more time on your hands.
  • Syrups - Such as those used at Starbucks. There’s a whole range of flavours, from caramel to mint. They can also be sugar-free. More information here.
  • Blended Fruit - It's refreshing to add some fresh or frozen fruit and then blend. e.g. banana, berries etc.
  • Cocoa Powder - For a hint of chocolate.
  • Cinnamon Powder - This often comes up as a customer favourite. It also has plenty of health benefits.
  • Savoury Flavours - The Unflavoured and Unsweetened Huel opens up a whole world of possibilities. Some ideas include: cayenne powder for those who love heat, curry, stock cubes, savoury flavour pots or even bacon powder.
Can I try a sample?

You can purchase original samples of Huel's powder here, with either the Vanilla or Unflavoured options. This will also get you £4 off your first order.

There is also a gluten-free sample where you can get £4.50 off your first order. You can find these here.

Can Huel help me gain or lose weight?

Quite simply, yes. Just like any food, it all comes down to calories:

  • Eat more calories than your body uses, and you will gain weight. 
  • Eat fewer calories than your body uses and you will lose weight. 

Approximately 3500 calories equals 1 lb of fat. Therefore, eating a deficit of 500 calories per day should see you lose about 1 lb of fat a week and vice versa.

With Huel it is easy to know exactly how many calories you consume, you simply weigh the powder, then calculate how many calories are in it. The co-founder of Huel, James Collier BSc (Hons), RNutr's Guide to Fat Loss and Guide to Weight Gainare fantastic aids to your goals as well.

You can find out more about how many calories your body needs with this online calorie calculator.

Does Huel fill you up?

Packed full of nutrients, over 40% of Huel is oats, which are low GI and can therefore lead to a feeling of fullness. Read some of our customer testimonials here.

Can you drink Huel hot or cold?

Huel is generally best enjoyed cold; it’s particularly good with a few ice cubes thrown in! Huel can be drunk warm however, and is a great way to warm up on a cold winter’s morning. We don’t recommend using boiling water though, as this may affect its nutritional profile. To avoid this, boil the water and let it cool, or simply mix it with cold water before adding it to your Huel.

What is the shelf-life of Huel?
  • Unopened - 1 year. Huel can be stored up to a year in a dry, cool environment, away from direct sunlight. There is a best before date printed on the pouch.
  • Pouch open - 6 months. You can reseal an opened pouch and store in dry, cool environment, away from direct sunlight for half a year.
  • Refrigerated and mixed - 24 hours. You can prepare Huel for breakfast the night before, plus it tastes nicer cold.
  • Unrefrigerated and mixed - Varies. Providing the temperature is cool, your mixed Huel can stay fresh for a few hours. 
What equipment will I need?

To get started you only need Huel, water and a shaker (which is free in your starter set). However, you can improve your Huel prep with the following:

A blender - Huel is a powder. You simply need to add water and mix. Up to 700 ml can be mixed in a shaker in just 10 seconds. For larger quantities or better texture, we would recommend a blender.

Kitchen scales - You can measure out Huel with a simple scoop. However, if you want to measure your Huel very accurately we recommend some simple kitchen scales. They can be purchased from a wide range of retailers for around £15.

Jug - Save yourself time and mix a day’s supply in a glass jug and then simply pop it in the fridge.

Flask - Storing Huel in a shaker or bottle is fine for an hour or two, but if you are taking your Huel mix to work and want to keep it cold but do not have access to a fridge, then a vacuum flask would be very useful.

Is Huel organic?

We don't create an organic version for a couple of reasons. One of them is cost, organic ingredients are far more expensive. There is an organic, nutritionally complete powdered food product out there; it’s called Ambronite. However it costs over £7 per 500kcal, whereas Huel costs £1.60 per 500kcals.

That is 5 times the price of Huel and really doesn’t fit in with our mission to provide universally affordable, nutritionally complete food.

Do Huel Bars have the same ingredients as Huel powder?

To transfer the nutritional goodness of our Huel Powder, some notable changes had to be made to make Huel solid. The glucose syrup and soluble fibre that keeps the bar bound together, raise the overall sugar and can produce laxative effects in excessive consumption.

For this reason we encourage Huelers to use the bar to complement their meals rather than as a sole source of nutrition.

What’s the difference between a Huel Bar and a cereal bar?

It’s a similar principle. Fast and filling food on the go. Unfortunately though these cereals and cereal bars are packed full of simple sugars and are essentially just carbohydrate bars. Huel bars are healthy, balanced, nutritionally complete convenience food. You get all the nutrients that your body needs, no "nasties" and it's better for the environment and animals.

Nutrition Questions

Are the vitamins and minerals in Huel absorbed into the body?

The vitamin and mineral blend in Huel is included to bump up the vitamins and minerals that aren't there in sufficient amounts from the food ingredients within Huel. Some vitamin and mineral supplements aren't absorbed well, but this is due to the constituents of the pill or the form of the micronutrient used in the blend. All forms used in the Huel VM blend are readily absorbed to provide adequate nutrition.

Why sucralose?

Some people don’t like the inclusion of Sucralose in Huel, as it is an artificial sweetener. We use Sucralose for a number of reasons. The first is that it doesn’t add any calories or carbohydrates, meaning the nutritional value of Huel is protected.

Sucralose is also a much healthier option than many other sweeteners. Indeed, Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar, and doesn’t accumulate in your body. Huel only has to have a tiny amount of Sucralose in it to make it much more palatable to many, and it doesn't interact with your body at all.

Furthermore, over 100 safety studies have been carried out on Sucralose over 20 years, with a wide range of experts finding it has no ill effects on health, even when consumed at much higher levels than Huel uses. As such, Sucralose is currently approved and deemed safe by:

  • European Union Scientific Committee on Food (SCF)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Food Standards Australia/New Zealand (FSANZ)
  • Health Protection Branch of Health and Welfare Canada
  • (Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
  • Japan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare

Sucralose is also suitable for people with diabetes, as it does not affect glucose or insulin levels. More still, it doesn’t increase bacteria levels in the mouth, so doesn’t cause tooth decay/cavities like sugar does.

The reason other natural sweeteners like Stevia are not used in Huel is because it is not as sweet, so requires more of it to increase the overall sweetness of Huel. It can also leave a very bitter aftertaste in larger amounts.

You can read more about this in our Registered Nutritionist James Collier BSc (Hons), RNutr's Huel Guide to Sucralose.

Is the vegan protein in Huel as good as animal based protein?

Yes. Our combination of both rice and pea protein means Huel has a perfect Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Scoring (PDCAAS) of 1.0. This is the same score as other animal based proteins, and more than enough to ensure all amino acids are supplied and that the protein in Huel has high bioavailability. You can read more about protein in our Registered Nutritionist James Collier BSc (Hons), RNutr's Guide to Protein Quality.

What is the Glycemic Index (GI) of Huel?

Huel has a Glycemic Index of 27.

Aren't liquid diets bad for you?

The skepticism of liquid diets is often due to lack of chewing (therefore leading to incomplete digestion). Digestion does begin with chewing; it starts the breakdown of solid food to increase the surface area and there's also one enzyme, salivary amylase, which breaks down the polysaccharide starch into the disaccharide maltose.

However, with liquid diets, this has already been done for you and salivary amylase has very little effect on total starch digestion; it merely kick starts carb digestion as, in the stomach, it itself is broken down (remember, enzymes are proteins). Its sister enzyme pancreatic amylase, which acts in the intestines, has a more pronounced effect where even previously solid food is liquid chyme. Huel has fine milled oats as the carb source and these are a lot easier to break down further than whole oats.

Also peristalsis remains active throughout the alimentary canal, as we've addressed this with good levels of soluble and insoluble fibers in Huel: 34.9g per 2000kcal.

Diet and Medical Questions

Is Huel suitable for vegetarians/vegans?

Yes, absolutely. There are no animal products in Huel.

Can Huel be used if I have diabetes?

Huel is suitable for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. It is based on oats and is high in fibre. As with all food, if you're using medication to help control your diabetes you should structure your intake of Huel appropriately. Indeed, Huel is low in sugar, has a low GI (see below) and you can accurately measure the amount of carbohydrate you're consuming each meal; this may be useful depending on what medication or insulin regimen you're following.

40% of the total energy intake in Huel comes from carbohydrates and this amount ties in well with Diabetes UK recommendations. Indeed, for diabetics who count their carbs to help manage their blood glucose levels (as detailed on the Diabetes UK website), please look at the carbohydrate information on Huel; for example, a 3 scoop Huel meal will provide 42g of carbohydrate.

Is Huel low FODMAP?

Huel is low FODMAP.

  • Oat powder is low to moderate FODMAP, and as other Huel ingredients are low, this further dilutes any possible effects from oat powder.
  • Data from the Australian based FODMAP Friendly Food Certification program showed that pea protein is considered low FODMAP in small servings of 20g; 2.5 scoops of Huel has 18.4g.
  • Brown rice protein is a low FODMAP protein powder.
  • Flaxeed powder at the levels in Huel is moderate FODMAP, but as other Huel ingredients are low, this dilutes adverse effects of flaxseed powder.

Huel is a combination of several ingredients, and Huel powder when mixed with water, is low FODMAP.  We do, however, suggest consuming a maximum of 3 scoops at one sitting if you're particularly sensitive and spreading your intake throughout the day.

Can I consume Huel if I've had oesophageal or stomach surgery?

If you've had surgery on your oesophagus or stomach which has resulted in partial or total removal, you can still benefit from having Huel. One symptom you should have been made aware of from medical staff is dumping syndrome, where the transit time for food will be a lot quicker and this could cause rebound hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels). The ingredients in Huel are low glycaemic and ideal to reduce the risk of dumping syndrome. However, to be cautious, we recommend you keep your servings of Huel smaller and spread through the day; i.e. 5-6 small portions, rather than 3-4 larger servings. Obviously this depends on your requirements and if you're consuming Huel for 100% of your nutrition. Also, if you are having Huel for 100%, we suggest you work up to this level over 1-2 weeks rather than going straight to a complete Huel intake.

Some gastro-intestinal surgery can result in reduced absorption and increased requirements for certain nutrients, so we recommend you discuss Huel with your clinical staff before making it a regular part of your diet.

Can Huel be used if I'm pregnant/breastfeeding?

Huel is fine to have during pregnancy, but it should not be consumed as the sole source of nutrition as there are different nutritional requirements during this period.

Mothers are told not to have too much vitamin A, nor to use vitamin A supplements during pregnancy. The amount of vitamin A in Huel at 2,000 calories meets the EU recommended intake and is lower than typical intakes of people who consume a varied diet and far lower than levels that have been shown to be safe during pregnancy.

There are no ingredients in Huel that are bad for nursing/lactating mothers and Huel should be fine to consume. However, we suggest you discuss this with your doctor or health visitor in case there are any clinically-specific reasons why Huel would not be suitable.

Does Huel contain banned substances? Is it Informed Sport approved?

Huel is not a 'supplement': Huel is food in a powdered format. Huel is not Informed Sport approved, in the same way that Weetabix is not tested by Informed Sport. Some people have asked for Huel to be tested by Informed Sport. However, this requires every batch to be tested which is expensive and unnecessary for Huel. However, we would like to confirm that Huel doesn't contain any banned substances and our manufacturer neither handles nor manufactures any products contained on the WADA banned substance list.

Can children use Huel?

Huel is safe for children above 4 years of age to include in moderation as part of a balanced, varied diet, but please read our guidelines. Huel is not suitable for babies or infants below / during weaning age as there are different nutritional requirements in this age group.

Can Huel be consumed if I have diverticular disease?

We advise caution if you have diverticular disease. Whilst consuming Huel may be okay if your diverticular disease is in remission, if you're in an active diverticulitis phase, the ground flaxseeds may get caught up in diverticular pockets and cause irritation so we suggest avoiding Huel.

Not answered your question and need to contact us?

There are several ways to contact us. You can email us at team@huel.com, use our online contact form here, call us on 01296 678 516 or post a message on our forum.

Our UK office hours are 9am to 5.30pm (Mon-Fri).



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